3 Tips for Giving a Deposition

by Staff Blogger | June 23rd, 2016

At Skorood Law Firm, we work hard for our personal injury clients so they can concentrate on what matters most: their recovery. From investigating their case to dealing directly with the insurance company on their behalf, we take care of all the heavy lifting for our clients from start to finish. However, there is one part of your injury claim that we can’t do for you, and that’s the deposition.

A deposition is essentially an interview under oath with the opposing counsel. It’s an opportunity for the opposing counsel to hear your side of the story in preparation of their case against you. You will be asked a series of questions about the accident and your injuries. Since your answers will directly and indirectly impact your injury claim, it’s important that you are properly prepared before you sit down at the table.

Here are 3 tips for giving a good deposition:

  1. Tell the truth. You have nothing to gain from embellishing the facts or outright lying in your deposition. The truth always comes out at trial, so stick to the facts and the facts alone. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t guess. Simply say, “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall.”
  2. Take your time. Take time to process every single question the opposing attorney asks before you answer. If you need to consult with your counsel before answering, we’ll be sitting right next to you. Remember, everything you say is under oath, so don’t answer until you are sure what you should say.
  3. Be patient. The opposing attorney may ask you several questions that seem redundant. This is done to make sure your answers remain the same when a question is asked a different way. Stay patient and courteous in your answers. Losing your temper in a deposition or answering sarcastically could negatively impact your case.

A deposition can be intimidating for an injury victim, especially if you’ve never given one before. However, you can rest assured that on the day of your deposition, you’ll have your Skolrood car accident attorney by your side the entire time, so there’s nothing to worry about.